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Summary

The third installment in the best-selling DCI Daley series, packed with accurate police procedure and gritty, dark humour. The best of Scottish crime.

When a senior Edinburgh civil servant spectacularly takes his own life in Kinloch harbour, DCI Jim Daley comes face to face with the murky world of politics. To add to his woes, two local drug dealers lie dead, ritually assassinated. It's clear that dark forces are at work in the town. With his boss under investigation, his marriage hanging on by a thread, and his sidekick, DS Scott, wrestling with his own demons, Daley's world is in meltdown.

When strange lights appear in the sky over Kinloch, it becomes clear that the townsfolk are not the only people at risk. The fate of nations is at stake. Jim Daley must face his worst fears as tragedy strikes. This is not just about a successful investigation; it's about survival.

©2015 Denzil Meyrick (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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excellent value for money

enjoyed every line well worth the time to listen and laugh out loud at some of passages read

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Excellent narrator

I enjoyed this book but I found some aspects annoying. I didn't think the main character's domestic situation was dealt with very well, it wasn't believable. It seemed to lack the emotional intensity that would have been present in those circumstances. In particular the decision to take his wife back with her child was badly written and lacked depth.

I found the plot rather predictable and it was obvious who would end up dead and who posed the threat. I don't think this was as good as the previous books but it was still a good book and the narrator was excellent.

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Sad Songs Say So Much

The third book in the DCI Daley series sees our hero Jim continuing to fight the bad guys and his own personal demons. While doing so he and his fellow police officers and officials are "advised" by the fabulously evocative townfolk of Kinloch. It's one of my absolute favourite parts of the series so far that Meyrick creates this fabulously atmospheric small town in Scotland as a background to his stories.

With David Monteath at the mic you know you're going to get top quality delivery and so we do. It's not as perfect this time because in patches the author over-uses switching between two different scenes to ratchet up the tension. It's a common technique but in this case the switches are very frequent with scant paragraphs between them. There are no pauses or other indicators and so it does require additional attention.

Nonetheless this is a very decent series and the story moved along at a smooth pace, albeit with a slightly darker feel as Daley's sidekick is struggling to recover from his injuries after being shot in the previous book. If I do have a concern about this one and the series going forwards it's whether it's that credible that a small-town cop gets involved in such a level of international intrigue and how Meyrick can follow this up. Looking at the ratings and the reviews already in for the later books it does seem like he has managed it somehow!

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  • Ann D
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  • 13-03-18

Another great story in the series!

I think this is my favourite of the first 3 in this series. Great story and flawless narration as always by David Monteath.

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Lived up to my expectations

Once again, this book has impressed me as much as the previous two books in the series. I will await the fourth book with anticipation and hope it won't be too long a wait.

The narration was as outstanding as ever. The incredible versatility of the reader is a genuine treat which greatly enhances the story. I will go as far as to say that David Monteath is the best narrator I have heard - and I have listened to many, many books!

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Great story, excellent storyteller.

Great story from the series. David Monteath brings all the characters to life with amazing accents.

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Clever trilogy

Good storyline throughout, believable characters and portrayal of a on a small Scottish town recommended

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Confusing

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Storyline and narration good, but I found it very confusing as there was no break between one scene and the next. When reading a book, you can see that the story has moved on to a new situation, but when listening you are relying on a pause or a change of voice to allow your brain to adjust. In this narration, there is absolutely nothing to give a clue that things have moved from one scenario to the next.

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Fantastic!

A fantastic story from beginning to end. Land and seascapes brought to life with poetic description. Absolutely brilliant.

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Brilliant crime novel

I have loved all three of the DCI Daley audio novels. The stories are fast paced and keep you guessing. I love the relationship between Daley and his sergeant. There is warmth and humour within the characters. The books are brilliantly narrated. David Monteath is the best narrator I have heard. All I can say is, please put more of the DCI Daley novels on audio.

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  • Tracey
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Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Suits and Sad Songs to be better than the print version?

haven,t read print version but i am hooked on D,C,I,Daley books now

What other book might you compare Dark Suits and Sad Songs to and why?

the monkets raincoat an elvis cole .joe pike book good plot

What about David Monteath’s performance did you like?

he is all round good reader characters are good like D,S Scott

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

no just enjoyed a good book now to next in series